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Dog House Window Seat Cover

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Materials
  • 1 ½ yards Dog Themed cotton print
  • 1 yard Cream cotton
  • 1 ¾ yard Red cotton
  • ¼ yard Black cotton
  • ¼ yard each of 5 red prints for dog house appliques
  • 3 yards of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 5 ¼ yards of Poly-mesh or No-Show Stabilizer
  • 1 yard Heat N’ Bond Lite®
  • 4 1 ¼” wooden buttons
  • 4 hair pony tail elastics
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing® or Terial Magic®
  • Water Soluble Thread
  • YLI® Invisible Thread
  • Optional – walking foot for sewing machine

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The Dog House Window Seat Cover is made to fit a standard sized 16” x 40” bench. A corner block is also offered if you want to make it up just as a doggie quilt. All of the blocks are appliqued and embroidered in the hoop. The assembly instructions for these pre-quilted blocks should be getting familiar to you now, but pay close attention to the order in which the sashing strips to cover the joining seams are applied.


    Step 1:
    First cut the pieces need to make the dog house appliqued and quilted blocks. Cut:
    a. 10 10” squares of background cream fabric
    b. 10 10” square of dog print for back fabric
    c. 10 10” squares of Battilizer®
    d. 2 4” strips of black for dog house doors
    e. 10 6” squares of assorted prints for dog house appliques
    f. 10 6” squares of Heat N’ Bond Lite®
    g. 28 6” x 10” Red rectangles for borders (not pictured)
    h. 14 6” x 10” Battilizer® rectangles for borders

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    Step 2:
    Iron the applique pieces about 4 times with Magic Sizing or treat with Terial Magic to stiffen the applique pieces then following the manufacture’s instruction apply Heat N Bond Lite ® to the back of each 6” square. If using a Scan N Cut® use the SVG or FCM files to pre-cut your applique piece. If using the stitch and trim method you will cut your appliques right next to the tack down stitches as you go.

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    Step 3:
    Load design DHQB01 in your machine; hoop poly-mesh stabilizer in your hoop, run (color stop) CS 1 in a neutral color for a placement line for the block; spray adhesive on a 10” square of Battilizer® and place over the outline making sure that the Battilizer® exceeds the outline by ½” on all sides; spray adhesive on a 10” square of the cream background fabric and place over the Battilizer® aligning all edges; run CS2 in water soluble thread to tack the fabrics to the stabilizer.

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    Step 4:
    Run CS3 as a placement line for the dog house door; If using precut appliques align and press the applique into place; if using the stitch and trim method spray your applique fabric with adhesive and place over the placement line; stitch the tack down line with CS4 and trim the dog door right next to the tack down stitches, then press.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS5 for a placement line for the dog house applique.

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    Step 6:
    If using pre-cut appliques align and press the applique into place; if using the stitch and trim method spray your applique fabric with adhesive and place over the placement line; stitch the tack down line with CS6 and trim the house right next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS7 in black and CS8 in white to complete the detail and borders on the dog house.

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    Step 8:
    Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; turn the hoop over; spray adhesive on the back of the quilt back print and align it with the front block fabrics.

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    Step 9:
    Return the hoop to the machine; stitch CS9 in water soluble thread; stitch CS10 in cream to complete the block. Repeat Steps 3 through 9 nine more times for a total of 10 blocks.

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    Step 10:
    Load design DHQB02 into your machine to make 14 border blocks. Hoop poly-mesh stabilizer and run CS1 in a neutral thread for a placement line.

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    Step 11:
    We are going to build the whole quilt block sandwich at one time for this file so; remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and If using pre-cut appliques align and press the applique into place; if using the stitch and trim method spray your applique fabric with adhesive and place over the placement line; stitch the tack down line with CS4 and place over the placement line making sure the Battilizer® exceeds the outline by ½” on all side; spray and place the top fabric over the Battilizer.

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    Step 12:
    Turn the hoop over; spray and place the back side of the border block over the outlines aligning with the fabrics on the front of the hoop.

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    Step 13:
    Run CS2 in water soluble thread to tack down the quilt sandwich; run CS3 in cream to stitch the paws. Repeat Step 11 through 13 thirteen times for a total of 14 border blocks.

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    Step 14:
    Trim all Dog House and border blocks to ¼” from the water soluble stitch lines on all sides.

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    Step 15:
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    Lay out your trimmed blocks in an arrangement that is pleasing to you; make sure all of your paw quilted borders are placed so that the paw prints look like they are walking around the quilt.


    Step 16:
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    Select a wide zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine and space the zigzag’s out so that they aren’t too close together.


    Step 17:
    Butt two end border blocks together - do not overlap – and stitch together with a zig-zag stitch.

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    Step 18:
    Join the blocks of the successive rows with the same zig zag stitch, one border block to a dog house block; the top of a dog house block to the top of a dog house block; the second dog house block to a border block.

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    Step 19:
    Your window seat cover will now look like this.

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    Step 20:
    Note – If you are making a flat quilt instead of the window seat cover attach the four corner blocks at this time to the end border rows. The corner blocks are stitched as in Steps 11 through 14.

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    Step 21:
    Now butt the rows together being careful to align the corners of the blocks and zigzag together.

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    Step 22:
    Your window seat cover will now look like this.

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    Step 23:
    Cut your sashing strips across the width of the fabrics as follows:
    a) 8 1 ¼” strips of red for the back of quilt
    b) 2 1 ½” strips of red for the front of the quilt
    c) 6 1 ½” strips of doggie print for the front of the quilt
    Fold the long edges into the center of the strips and press to create the sashing; maintain the strips in separate piles as the 1 ¼” strips are for the back of the quilt, the 1 1/3” strips are for the front of the quilt.

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    Step 24:
    Engage or attach a walking foot to your machine if available.

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    Step 25:
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    Load YLI invisible thread into the top and bobbin of your sewing machine and select a Serpentine stitch.


    Step 26:
    Lay the red 1 ¼” sashing strips centered over the vertical seams and accompanying border blocks that join the dog house blocks together and stitch down both sides of the sashing with the Serpentine stitch. Do not put sashing on the seams that join the end border blocks to the dog house blocks yet.

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    Step 27:
    Stitch sashing on the two end border blocks over the seam that joins those blocks together. Stitch this sashing just over the border and not across the length of the quilt.

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    Step 28:
    You will now have sashing applied to all of the sections shown circled here in blue.

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    Step 29:
    Turn the quilt to the front. Stitch the 1 ½” red sashing strips over the seams in the borders on the front of the quilt.

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    Step 30:
    Stitch the 1 ½” print sashing across the inside seams joining the dog house blocks.

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    Step 31:
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    The front of the quilt now looks like this.


    Step 32:
    Stitch the 1 ¼” red sashing over the inside seam down the center of the quilt back.

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    Step 33:
    Stitch the 1 ½” doggie print sashing over the inside seam down the center of the quilt front.

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    Step 34:
    On the back of the quilt stitch the 1 ¼” sashing on the last 4 seams joining the borders to the quilt.

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    Step 35:
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    On the front of the quilt stitch the 1 ½” doggie print sashing to the last 4 seams joining the borders to the quilt.


    Step 36:
    To make button loops on each edge of the window seat cover – measure up and make a mark 2.5” up from the bottom edge of the border at both ends of the long borders. Fold a hair elastic in half; place a loop of the elastic 1.5” from the edge of the border; zigzag the ends in the seam allowance and cut off the excess of the hair elastic.

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    Step 37:
    Clip the inside curves and even trim out a little V to reduce bulk.

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    Step 38:
    Cut crosswise 5 2 ¼” strips of binding; join together and apply to the quilt using your favorite method. There are many videos on youtube to guide you in binding the inside corners if needed.

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    Step 39:
    Hand stitch a button 2.5” from the bottom edge on all 4 edges of the short borders.

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    Step 40:
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    Place the window seat cover over the bench and place the loops over the buttons. Add one happy dog and your Dog Window Seat Cover is complete! Since the cover is easy to remove and wash you and your dog will be happy for a long time.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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